So far this year, many school systems across Kentucky have lost at least a dozen days of class time because of snow. And predictably, Kentucky's lawmakers are considering a couple of bills that would waive some -- or all -- of those days so they wouldn't have to be made up.
But given Kentucky's already-woeful education rankings, that's a move we simply can't afford to make.
American students already spend far less time in the classroom than many of their foreign counterparts, meaning they already need to get as much out of every learning hour as possible. Simply declaring that so many days can be missed without consequence may be the easy way out, but it would also be grossly irresponsible.
On the other hand, I understand the family disruptions that could be caused by extending the school year into mid-June. So how about this:
Why not increase the length each remaining school day in order to make up the time as Clark County in Indiana has already done? Graduation dates could still be met, family vacations wouldn't have to be rescheduled, and our kids would get the benefit of a more intensified learning experience.
Let's make up the time in a setting where the students are already present and engaged – not in June when a large number of them will have already mentally "checked out" for the year. But no matter what, let's not act as if we can afford to ignore the problem.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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